Support Us

The generosity of our Alumni, Parents and Friends enables St Catherine’s to be a world-class academic institution, with the power to transform its students’ lives and inspire great contributions to our society.

Donations enable us to continue to offer a world class education to all students, regardless of background, honouring our founding ethos. Each year thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, we are able to financially support 1 in 5 of our undergraduates and award 35 postgraduate scholarships and welcome over 1,000 school pupils to outreach events. Your support also enables us to maintain the tutorial system, with over 100 Tutors and Lecturers, and to maintain and expand our unique buildings.

More details about the impact of donations can be read about in our 2018 Impact Report here. If you have any questions about supporting the College, please don’t hesitate to contact the Development Office at development.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk or by calling +44(0)1865 271760.

Donate Online Today

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Our secure online donation form is a quick and easy way for you to support St Catz. You can make a single donation, by debit or credit card, or alternatively help St Catz plan for the future and make a regular donation by direct debit.

Make a single donation

Make a regular donation

Please note you need a UK bank account to set up a regular donation.

Increase the value of your donation by 25% with Gift Aid:

If you are a UK tax payer you can increase the value of your donation to St Catz by completing a Gift Aid declaration. St Catz can reclaim the basic-rate tax you have paid on any donation (Gift Aid), provided you pay income tax in the UK and the amount of this is at least equal to the tax that we will reclaim in any one tax year. In order for us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, you simply need to complete a Gift Aid declaration, which are on our online and postal giving forms. Currently, giving by Gift Aid adds an extra 25p for every £1 you give, at no extra cost to you. Higher-rate taxpayers can claim relief on the difference between basic and higher rates in their annual tax return. For more information on Gift Aid and claiming such gifts on your tax return, please visit the HMRC website.

Donate from Overseas

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There are a number of ways you can donate to St Catz in a tax-efficient way from overseas, including from Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, USA and Switzerland. Please find details below of how to make a tax efficient donation from these countries.

USA

You can donate to St Catz through Americans for Oxford (AFO), a 501(3)(c) organisation, providing a tax-efficient giving route for supporters who are resident in the US. AFO will provide you with a tax receipt for your donation, and your donation will be passed on in full to St Catz. Please specify when making a donation that you wish for your gift to be allocated to St Catherine’s College.

Donate Online Through AFO

You can also make a donation by post by returning a donation form to Americans for Oxford, 500 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10110.

Canada

If you make a donation to St Catz and are resident in Canada, we will issue you with a Canadian tax receipt. You will receive this with the formal acknowledgement of your donation.

Donate Online

Hong Kong

You can donate to St Catz through The University of Oxford China Office, a charity in Hong Kong under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance, who will issue you with a tax receipt.  Please specify when making a donation that you wish for your gift to be allocated to St Catherine’s College.

Information on how to make a donation can be found here: http://www.oxforduchina.org/give-to-oxford

Europe

The Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) Network is a way to donate tax-efficiently to organisations across Europe. Currently St Catz is registered with the German and French partners, but please do get in touch if you would like to donate through TGE from another partner country.

To donate from Germany, you can do so online through Maecenata Stiftung here.

To donate from France, you can do so online through Foundation de France here.

Switzerland

You can donate to St Catz through Swiss Friends of Oxford University (SFOU), an association (Verein) under Swiss law, with tax rulings from the canton of Zug recognising its tax-exempt status.

More information about how to make a donation, and what you can support through SFOU can be found here.

Funding Priorities

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If you would like, you can direct your donation to one of the following priorities. Donations support all aspects of College life and have a huge impact on our current and future students.

Our Greatest Need

Through supporting the College with an unrestricted donation, you are helping St Catz to stay true to our founding principle of providing a first class education to students from a wide range of backgrounds. Donations allow us to offer scholarships to our students, maintain the tutorial system and preserve our unique buildings.

Student Support

Gifts to the Student Support Fund have a direct impact on our current students and allow us to offer financial support to 1 in 5 of our undergraduates and 1 in 7 of our graduate students. The founding principle of St Catz was to open up Oxford to a wider range of students, and this fund ensures that we remain open to all, regardless of background.

Access and Outreach

Donations to this fund support the work of our Outreach Officer in welcoming over 1,000 prospective applicants each year to St Catz, giving them an invaluable insight into life at Oxford. We also host a free residential summer school for over 100 pupils from Northern Irish schools each year, where they can experience the tutorial system and gain in-depth information about the application process.

Teaching & Research

St Catz is renowned for its exceptional teaching and research, and our academics are at the heart of this. Gifts to this fund help maintain the tutorial system, a key part of the undergraduate experience here at Oxford, and support our academics in their world-leading research.

Subject Funds

If you would like to support a particular subject here at St Catz we have funds for the following:

  • Alan Taylor Trust Fund, supporting the teaching of Mathematics
  • Ceri Peach Trust Fund, supporting the teaching of Geography
  • Derek Davis Trust Fund, supporting the teaching of Law
  • Dickson Holmes Trust Fund, supporting the teaching of History

Building & Grounds

Our buildings and grounds have always been a particular point of pride, and donations to this fund ensure that we can continue to maintain their beauty as well as their practicality. We are able to improve our facilities, including renovating students’ rooms, improving access for students with disabilities and improving our heating and lighting to reduce our carbon footprint.

Graduate Centre

We are utilising the remaining space we have available on College land to build a Graduate Centre and three new Staircases, enabling us to house nearly all of our Graduates. A donation to this project will help the College to continue to be attractive to Graduate Students and have a real impact on our Graduate community.

Other Ways to Support St Catz

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Giving by Post

To make a single gift by cheque/debit card or a regular gift by Direct Debit to St Catz by post, please fill in the donation form and return to The Development Office, St Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ.

Bank Transfer

If you would like to make a donation by bank transfer our details are the following:

Bank Account Name: St Catherine’s College – Appeal Account
Account No.: 02912752
Sort Code: 30-96-35
Bank: Lloyds TSB PLC, 1 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AA
IBAN No.: GB33 LOYD 3096 3502 9127 52
BIC Code: LOYDGB21023

If you have made a donation by bank transfer, it would be wonderful if you could email us at development.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk so we can ensure to allocate it correctly.

Donations of Shares or Property

You can also donate to St Catz by gifting shares or property, and in doing so you can take advantage of significant tax deductions. As the College has charitable status, transfers of such assets are exempt from Capital Gains tax. Further information can be found here.

Leave a Legacy

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By remembering St Catherine’s College in your will, you are ensuring that future generations of students will benefit from the high quality education and experience we offer. We are exceptionally grateful to all of our alumni and friends who have pledged to make this most personal of gifts.

Our Legacy Brochure provides helpful information about how you can make this very special gift. If you are planning to leave a Legacy, we would be most grateful if you could inform us, so that we can express our gratitude. You can do so by filling out our Legacy Notification Form below – please rest assured that any details you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence. This pledge does not commit you in any way, but is a statement of your present intentions.

Legacy Notification Form

FAQs

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Is St Catherine’s College a charity?

Yes – we are a registered charity (no. 1143817) under the provisions of the Charity Act 2011. We are also registered with the Fundraising Regulator and subscribe to the Code of Fundraising Practice.

How does St Catherine’s recognise its donors?

We are exceptionally grateful to all of our donors, and the College is dedicated to acknowledging all gifts accordingly. Our Donor Charter has been created to assure supporters of the integrity and accountability of our fundraising efforts and lists our donors’ rights.

We thank everyone who gives the St Catherine’s by displaying their names on our Annual List of Donors, which is published together with our College record, The Year. If you do not wish to appear on the list, do let us know – we would be happy to record your gift as anonymous.

The philanthropy of our community of alumni, parents and friends has a noticeable impact in areas of St Catherine’s. From helping to provide financial support for our students, to preserving the tutorial system and upgrading our buildings, your support makes a wonderful difference. Thank you!

How does my donation make a difference?

In the 2016-17 financial year, a record-breaking 2000+ alumni and friends supported the College, helping us provide financial support to 1 in 5 of our undergraduates and 35 postgraduate scholarships. We were also able to provide a team of over 100 world-class academic staff and reward over 100 of our students for outstanding academic and personal achievements. Thanks to you, we were able to accommodate close to 90% of our undergraduates in College, and the cost of living in College remained below the student average for Oxford. For more information on how your support makes a difference, read our latest Impact Report.

Can I choose to donate to a specific project, scholarship or subject?

You can request to allocate your donation to a range of funds, depending on your interest: Access & Outreach, Student Support, Teaching & Research or Buildings & Facilities. If you don’t have a preference, you can also donate to Our Greatest Need, and we’ll put your gift towards the highest priority of the College at that time. If you would like to discuss the possibility of donating to any other area, please contact us at development.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk or by calling +44(0)1865 271705.

I make a regular donation to the College. How can I change the amount or frequency of my donation?

Please contact us to tell us of any changes to your donation at development.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk or by calling +44(0)1865 271760.

What is Gift Aid?

If you pay tax in the UK, Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your gift to St Catherine’s. Using Gift Aid will allow us to reclaim the basic rate tax on your gift, increasing the value of your donation by 25%. This means that if you give £100 using Gift Aid, your gift is worth £125 to the College. Gift Aid can be applied to donations made by cash, cheque, direct debit, and credit/debit card.

You can use a Gift Aid Calculator to find out the difference that Gift Aid makes to your donation.